Hope For our Future and the Ongoing Need for Self-Care

I don't think we have ever been more challenged to balance the impact of extraordinary external and systemic stressors and unrest with an ongoing need to be arbiters of hope and optimism for our anxious, angry, or overwhelmed clients.

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Trauma, Eating Disorders, and Other Self-Destructive Behaviors

I was delighted to participate in a podcast with Jodie Gale, a clinician practicing in Australia who is passionate about promoting healing, self-development, and spiritual growth for women. In this episode I talk about eating disordered behaviors and their connection to trauma. FEEL FREE TO SHARE THIS PODCAST WITH YOUR CLIENTS!

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10 Tips to Stop The Diet-Binge Cycle and Re-claim Your Body!

Despite what all those weight loss ads tell you, being able to fit into a size zero bikini should not be your greatest life accomplishment.  Nor will it help you achieve true happiness, inner peace, self-confidence or self-worth.

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The Importance of Trauma Informed Assessments

Many years ago, when I was in graduate school, I was taught the assessment phase of treatment should take place in the first one to three sessions, followed by six to ten therapy sessions, and then one or two closing sessions for termination. In my 37 years of private practice that formulaic approach has never...

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When Words Fail – Using Words

Ever experienced a roadblock in therapy with a client when asking important questions? Drawing can be incredibly valuable tool to help clients express and articulate what they’re feeling. Get to know how you can invite your client to illustrate their emotions through the lines, shapes, and color.  

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Connecting Trauma and Spirituality

Learn why it’s important to view clients through a bio-psychosocial and spiritual lens, and how to how to assess for spiritual resources.

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Is it Time to Return to Your Face-to-Face Practice?

Five months ago, the decision to switch to tele-therapy was made for us when our communities went into lockdown. Regardless of how we philosophically or clinically felt about the pros and cons of online therapy, if we wanted to continue our therapeutic work, we accepted the fact that subscribing to an online platform was a reality and a necessity.

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Dysregulated Newborns and The Need for Parental Education and Support

In the best circumstances, caretakers respond to an infant’s cries with kindness and compassion. But consider how challenging the crying combined with sleep deprivation must be for caretakers who either have a history of trauma or don’t get the support that they deserve and need in the early months of being new parents.

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15 Ways to “Power Down” for the Summer

As we continue to navigate social distancing and attempt to keep track of what the latest “phase” allows us to do, whatever else your plans include, my hope is that you use a good part of your summer to “power down.” 

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Childhood Mirrors

I’ve always believed that in childhood we see ourselves reflected through the faces and the eyes of our primary caretakers: in essence, they are our “mirrors.”

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